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Ashford University
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Avg. time to find work: Haven't graduated yet
% career related to degree: 60%
Average reviewer salary: $45,385

Ashford University's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Business Average Rating
Percent Employed 89% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $60,000 % Degree Helped Career 45%
Organizational Leadership Average Rating
Percent Employed 91% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $67,500 % Degree Helped Career 64%
Management Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 86%

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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For the most part I had a good experience especially with the counslers as they were very helpful with my needs. However some of the instructors did not give very good instruction as they had a hard time articulating what they wanted. This made it hard to understand how to deliver an assignment to the quality and standards that were expected.

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I love my School...Ashford Rocks!
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Degree: Journalism, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I enrolled with Ashford in 2011, and have never regretted the decision. I never had a problem and am surprised by some other's view of the school. From the time of application to completion everything that I experienced in the classes, the work, the faculty and financial department was on point.I graduated in April with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a GPA of 3.48, and am now Studying for my Master of Organization Management. I love it! A couple of things that I would suggest for students looking at online courses is to have good study habits already, because there is no one to partner with as in study buddies unless you know someone already. Additionally, reading is a must, as well as writing skills which is 99% of any college curriculum. Finally, have your financial aid app in before you enroll that way everything will go like clock work. Other than that, expect greatness and greatness is what you will receive.

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It's just like any other school
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Degree: Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2011
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I attended Ashford University for 3 years and obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration. I was able to transfer in credits from a technical college. I found that the overall experience there was just like any other school. I have since attended Clemson University and North Greenville University on the graduate level. The financial aid department was ridiculous just like any other school and the work was challenging just like any other school. Prior to attending Ashford I sent the information on the school to several people I knew that work in local hospitals, several of which do the hiring. I was told from all of them that as long as the school is regionally accredited, they were fine with it. I can say that my degree gave me a raise at my job as well as got me into the MBA program at Clemson University. For this school to be a "joke" as some have stated, they sure have the US Board of Education, major schools like Clemson, and the business world fooled. If you have not found a job "because of your degree", you should probably look at what your degree is in or take a look at yourself because everyone else recognizes them as a legit university. Also, if many of you have not noticed, there are a lot of people with graduate degrees without jobs and most are likely more qualified than you. These people are putting in for the same jobs as you. Experience in the field also plays a major role in the hiring process. So keep that in mind. Their business program is also accredited by the IACSB. They are for-profit therefore they are charging more and more driven by money but, which school isn't? Have any of you actually looked at the ridiculous prices schools are charging all over the country? I can assure any one looking at this university that their work is no less than any other, including the work of Clemson University. I can make this statement from personal experience. Anyone who says they failed because of a "bad teacher" is full of it, they did not put in the work therefore they failed and are throwing a temper tantrum and blaming the teacher. I didn't fail a single class because I put in 6 hours or more a week and actually studied. I really think that you will get what you put in. If you half heartedly try, you will get half hearted results and that goes with any university. If you want a degree with no work, go to a diploma mill and buy yours. Like I said before, I would recommend this university however, I would also tell future students to look at other schools as well because there are a bunch out there that are online for way cheaper. If I could go back, I would probably try to go to a public school to try and save on the bill a little. This school is just like any other for-profit or public university in the country. They are all out to get as much money as possible and they all have a joke of a financial aid department. Don't believe all of the whiners on here. There are a lot of people who actually did what they are supposed and have had success with their degrees.

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Graduated Last Year and Still No Work
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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2013
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I graduated from Ashford in June of 2013. I still have no job because employers will not hire me with an online degree. One thing for certain is that I'm now in major debt after the con-job Ashford did on me. Never take classes at this university. They're in it for the profit only and absolutely do not care if you are employed once you graduate. Stay away from this joke of a university.

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Mackie - about 1 month ago

Are you really placing blame on an online school because you can't find a job? I had no problems so look for a different excuse!

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Janet Eisenhauer - 26 days ago

What a vague response!!! Employers refuse to recognize the degree as credible so they won't hire. Guess you got lucky, but I'm sure you're one of the few. All of my classes were exactly the same in education. They just had different course titles. Same assignments/different topics. To add to the credibility issues are the continuous accreditation problems Ashford has along with continuously letting go very large numbers of employees. Anything for a profit. Bet the CEO of this business (I mean university) makes a bundle of cash though. This place is about nothing but profit and is nothing like a traditional university.

Prepared me for employment opportunities
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2011
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Ashford is a school like any other school: you get out of it what you put in. Professors will guide you, but will not hold your hand. So many negative reviews stem from the fact that people think that distance learning will be "easy". It is not. In fact, it is MORE work than a traditional classroom. You're fitting an entire semester into five or six weeks. You must have good time management. You will be given a syllabus, discussion boards, tests, and plenty and I mean plenty of papers. I completed my AA in Business in 2009, my Bachelor's in Organizational Management in 2011, and my Master's in Human Resources Management in 2012. I also minored in Political Science and Government. These degrees prepared me to sit for the Praxis II test in Business education which I passed with flying colors. Also, this degree served as a requirement to become a licensed school teacher (did not know this while in the program, so it was highly beneficial). Not only did I take many business classes, but also liberal arts and Social Studies. My education has vastly improved my life. While my degree does not apply to my current occupation, it does serve as a route towards employment in another sector. These degrees provide me with multiple employment opportunities. I am glad I did it!

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Dee - about 1 month ago

Thank you for your comment. I agree that you get out of it what you put into the online degree experience.

Not a free ride!!
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Graduation Year: 2016
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I have been at Ashford for a little over a year and a half now. I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do so I have changed my studies 3 times and now have settled into BA Health Education. As with all school, online and mortar, you have your good classes and bad classes. Your tough teachers and the cake walks. Nice thing about that is at the end of every course you get to rate your class, the material, and the teacher. I love that each course is 5 weeks, keeps it from getting boring. I have had several different administrators or I call them "my crew" that I have talked to a lot. I did have one lady that wasn't the greatest but it wasn't long before I had someone else. They are always changing them around. The financing is cut and dry. You go get government funding as soon as they get an approval letter your up and running. From the moment I said yes, signed up on the government site, it was two weeks till I started my class. You do have to follow their steps so a little back and forth, faxing and signing; nothing out of the ordinary. From what I have been reading on her the people having the biggest complaints are the ones looking for a free cake walk hand out. I have busted my butt, and this being the second college type school I've gone to, I feel I am actually learning something. This is a full time basis and you have to put in the work. The teachers that you can't make "happy" are there to challenge you so step up. They are real teachers at real colleges. One small problem I have is the degree choices. They halved them scenes I started. And I do wish I could get my bachelors of the science instead of art. This is a fantastic school, that you have to work. So sharpen your pencils and grab some paper, it's worth every minute. Good luck!

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Military friendly
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Graduation Year: 2014
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Very military friendly, I attended Ashford for just over 2 years to complete my BA degree. Emails and phone calls promptly returned, grades posted within 5 days after submission, usually 2-3 days. Military TA covered tuition 100%

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Stupid School/Advisors/Teachers
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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The worst student advisor ever = ELANA P. This she won't answer any of your emails. The courses you take online are a joke and they play good/bad cop in the teacher role. They will strip you of your money by giving a "'bad" teacher who is hard to please and force you to a failing grade making the university more money. Nothing but greedy people who don't care.

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Jen - about 1 month ago

I completely agree with you! In 2 years time I have had 6 different advisors and this last one, James F. Has been horrid and has steered me so wrong with my financial aid packaging. 8 days til in am supposed to graduate and they are threatening me with pulling me out of class and not allowing me to graduate unless I pay what they say I owe. They received a crossover Pell which I never received and they say they cancelled part of my financial aid even though I have not utilized all of my aid, and it does not reflect it on my disbursements they received through my award letters. They are ripping people off big time.

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Janet - 26 days ago

Couldn't agree with you both more. Ashford sucks!!!! It's all about the money they make and nothing more. About a year or so ago, I read an article from San Diego where they asked 300 advisors/recruiters to come into work early. These people obeyed that low-life, greedy employer and showed up for work earlier. They were all lead into a room where they were shown a presentation that basically told them they had all lost their jobs and then escorted to their offices to remove any personal belongings and then escorted out of the building. Many of them were crying. The powers that be at Ashford could have cared less what they did to these people and their families over the loss of their jobs. But rest assured that the CEO still makes a massive amount of money.

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They took $14,000.00 from me in a student loan and I only was allowed to take 2 classes. They drop me from the program and kept the money, please future recent students make sure you understand about those student loans that they keep pushing you to get because now I owe all the money to salie Mae and I don't have a degree to show for. I have contact Ashford university but they do not want to help me. Please learn from my mistake find a better university.

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Maki - about 1 month ago

Am about to register but I feel am being kind of push into it. I dont want to owe lots of money and i have told them that... Their answer is: you must enroll first and then we'll let you know,... Am confused, I can only take an online degree so I need to make a good choice. Financial aid feels fishy....

Help Ashford University become AACSB certified.
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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http://www.change.org/petitions/ashford-university-we-want-ashford-university-to-apply-for-aacsb-accreditation-for-business-accounting?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides Please copy the link above to sign a petition to help Ashford become AACSB certified. My experience was good, but employers are looking for Business graduates that attended an AACSB program.

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Chamisha - about 1 month ago

How do you know that employers are looking for people with Business degrees with AACSB program?

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Janet - 26 days ago

This place has been searching desperately for accreditations for years. Ask yourself why they have so many problems with accreditation? It never changes. Yes, accreditation is part of the process in higher education, but it shouldn't cause as many problems as it has caused for this place.

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